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Russell Hampton
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Note from the President
President’s column – April 20th, Edmontarian

The spring of 2021 is upon us, with robin’s egg blue sky and warming sunny
days. The snow has melted, the ice is off the river, and hockey playoffs are in the
air.

The Capital Region Rotary Clubs’ Integrity Awards, being organized this year by our club is planned for Monday, May 17th . There are a record 15 Rotary and Rotaract clubs participating. It is one of my favourite Rotary events of the year.  Our club continues as leaders in our community with “Service Above Self”.

With the rich legacy of our club, we are known to support those in need.

A donor of last resort to help those falling between the cracks.

A “Hand-up” or a “Hand-out”; guide and support for people to believe in
themselves.

So “Where to focus, or multiple focus areas” for the upcoming years?
How can we improve on the member experience?
 
We held 5 focus group sessions and received survey feedback from about half of
the club membership. The board will be reviewing all feedback to find common
themes and direction from the membership. I look forward to discussing with all
members.

This year’s theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities” is very apt.

What does “Service Above Self” mean to you.
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton is needed ever the more in our community.
 
Brian
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Enjoy the season!
Remembering Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince was an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Edinburgh since 1952 when he invited Officers of the Club to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's residence when she is in Edinburgh. He has visited the Club on several occasions most notably for the Dinner to celebrate the Club's 75th Anniversary on June 30th 1987 and more recently in July 2007.
Indigenous Speaker Series
Chief Tony Alexis 
Past Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, Chief of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation 
Speaking Monday April 26 noon.  Chief Tony is an internationally accomplished public speaker who is able to connect with people from all walks of life.
 
Check out his bio:
 
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Meeting update
The "Why of Rotary" - Celebrating 105 yrs of Service
 
Missed the April 12th Past President's 105 year presentation?  Contact Neil Lang to obtain a link to the recorded session.
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Operation Friendship Senior Society
Thanks to all those who contributed to the bottle drive.  They earned $20,000 in the last year and would welcome more contributions.
Editor's message:
Below are interesting articles from our recent new members.  Fascinating the background and skills of our members.  We are now worldwide. 
 
Did you even wonder how to get a club member's email address?  I always recommend downloading the ClubRunner app into your mobile phone.  You will have easy access to names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.   For more info on the app:
 
Otherwise you will need to login to the club website and select Membership then Member Lists and search for the person's name.
 
Did you know our website www.edmontonrotary.com changes weekly?  I am working making modifications weekly with recent club related postings.   For example, did you want to see who the upcoming speaker is?  Find it in an instant at www.edmontonrotary.com/speakers
 
Neil Lang
 
NEW MEMBER ARTICLE:
 
New Member: Anna Wieczorek
 
I was born in Warsaw, and I love my beautiful country stretching from the north amber beaches of the Baltic Sea to the breathtaking peaks of the High Tatra mountains in the south. I’ve spent my entire life here in Poland, with short intervals when travelling around Europe, meanwhile getting my degrees from Warsaw University, bringing up two children and being engaged in numerous projects providing help and support to local and international societies.
 
I love working with people and for people. I’m there where people unite and take action to make the world a better place. I’m also there to protest when the human rights are being broken, so you can sometimes meet me in the streets of Warsaw carrying a sign of a red lightning bolt which has become the logo of the new Women’s Strike Movement in Poland.
 
I feel blessed with my loving family, with wonderful friends and with the job of my dreams. I’m a teacher and teacher trainer in the field of young learners foreign language education. I’m also an author of numerous books for children, collections of songs and stories, methodological guides for teachers and software for Cambridge Young Learners international exams. I run teacher development courses for University students and take part in ELT consultancies for various schools in Poland. I’m a master practitioner in global reading method for young learners. I especially enjoy working with primary teachers of English who want to adopt this approach into their classes. I’m an owner of a small publishing house called ‘Bingo Books’ and a language studio located in Warsaw. I’ve been taking part in authorial works for Cambridge University Press, PWN Publishers and Berlitz.    
 
For much more of Anna's story and pictures click on this link:
 
Community Services Committee Update
 
Community Service Committee Purpose:
The “official” purpose of the Committee is to devise and carry into effect plans which will guide and assist members in discharging their responsibilities in community relationships.
The Committee bridges the gap from major club projects to specific areas of assistance in the community. In some instances, we are a funder of last resort.
 
Committee Guidelines:
The Committee has established some broad guidelines for our use in arriving at a decision on an application:
  • Location with preference to City Centre.
  • Role for use of funds with preference to capital projects.
  • Project definition should include competitive bids.
  • How will the funding make a difference (i.e., quality of life, etc.)?
  • Are other organizations involved? Is there a leverage potential for our funds?
  • Does the organization have a financial statement / Will the individual have some level of ownership by contributing personal funds for the item?
  • How will the Rotary contribution be acknowledged?
  • Mass solicitation campaign or funding are typically decline.
The Committee has reviewed and approved the following applications for funding by the Rotary Club of Edmonton after completing its due diligence protocol:
  1. Earth Group Foundation for $2,100 representing 3,000 meals towards a campaign of 50,000 meals to the Edmonton Food Bank.
  2. Operation Friendship Seniors Society for a total of $5,358 ( $2,679 from our Club & $2,679 from District 5370) for the safe re-opening of their McCauley Drop-In Centre & to resume meal services.
  3. Millennium House Summer BBQ for $302
  4. Millennium House Christmas Event for $698
  5. Catholic Social Services – Immigration & Settlements Services for $2,794.58 to provide 10 Chromebooks PC for refugee families in needs.
  6. Boyle McCauley Health Centre for $1,500 in combination with the Step-Up to the Plate Event donation.
  7. Edmonton Food Bank Christmas Donation for $1,000
  8. Application for Funding – Joseph Wolfe for $779.25 who suffers from Cerebral Palsy living conditions to provide specialized technical equipment.
 
click on this link for more information.
 
JJ Tremblay
Chair, Community Services Committee
Many club members connected to this recent free conference.   RI President Holger Knaack joined us from Germany.  
 
Also presenting were   Rotarian and professional speaker Michael Angela Caruso and Indigenous speaker University of Manitoba professor Niigaan Sinclair.
 
Presentations were entertaining and a fabulous learning experience.  Inspiring as to what difference Rotary is making.  Brent Collingwood was nominated as District Governor Elect Designate.